Posts Tagged: My Struggle

To Karl Ove Knausgård, Re: Your Tortured Feelings for the Gays

Dear Karl Ove,

I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but as curious as I've been about your work, I had to overcome my suspicion and jealousy resulting from the onslaught of critical praise and (though I wish I could ignore such things) rock-star photographs of your L'Oreal hair and heavy smoking habit. In any case, with the understanding that the third volume of My Struggle (Boyhood Island) was recently published in the U.S., I just finally finished the first one (A Death in the Family). I have to admit, I was impressed by the opening section. Your meditation on the decay of a human [...]


Struggle Continues

Did you ever get around to reading the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle like I suggested you do last summer? Probably not. Life is full of choices, most of them bad, and in between our trying—on the days we try—and mostly failing, a few hundred pages of intensely detailed Norwegian memoir are probably too much to bear even conceptually. I'm not judging you. Lord knows there are plenty of things I don't want to do either. But I am telling you that you are missing out. In any event, the second volume is arriving on these shores and there's an excerpt in the [...]